Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
Put on the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to stand firm
against the schemes of the devil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers,
against the powers,
against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,
and having done everything, to stand firm.
Stand firm therefore…
Just a few reminders and encouragements today.
We live in an evil day. Did you see that above? We must not forget that.
We are at war! What should we do?
Be strong in the Lord.
Stand firm against the devil’s schemes. Stand firm= refuse to abandon the truth.
(Stand firm is repeated three times. I guess it’s important.)
Put on the complete armor of God. (It is described in this passage.)
I love what William MacDonald says:
Every true child of God soon learns that the Christian life is a warfare. The hosts of Satan are committed to hinder and obstruct the work of Christ and to knock the individual soldier out of combat. The more effective a believer is for the Lord, the more he will experience the savage attacks of the enemy: the devil does not waste his ammunition on nominal Christians. In our own strength we are no match for the devil. So the first preparatory command is that we should be continually strengthened in the Lord and in the boundless resources of His might. God's best soldiers are those who are conscious of their own weakness and ineffectiveness, and who rely solely on Him.
It is necessary to be completely armed; one or two pieces will not do. Nothing less than the whole panoply which God provides will keep us invulnerable. The devil has various stratagems—discouragement, frustration, confusion, moral failure, and doctrinal error. He knows our weakest point and aims for it. If he cannot disable us by one method, he will try for another.
Please Lord, help us to be good soldiers and to stand firm in YOU today.
Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord;
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
Trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
This should be the believer’s goal in life, my goal in life, to please the Lord.
My every action and thought should be tested by whether or not it pleases the Lord.
I made a list from this chapter to see what pleases the Lord.
Walk in love like Christ loved me… that means giving myself up as a sacrifice to God.
No immorality or impurity or greed even talked about let alone done!
No silly talk and vulgarity.
Instead give thanks.
Do not participate with people who act in the negative way above.
Be a child of light, not darkness, which consists of all goodness and righteousness and truth.
Do not participate in the deeds of darkness.
Expose the deeds of darkness.
Be careful how you walk.
Walk as a wise person.
Understand what God’s will is.
Do not get drunk.
Be filled with the Spirit.
Speak to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.
Make melody with you heart to the Lord.
Always giving thanks for all things.
Be subject to one anther.
Wives be subject to your own husbands as to the Lord.
Wives respect your husbands.
(I skipped the whole husband part because I am not a husband.)
God is very specific about what pleases Him!
Please, Lord, help me to live this way today!
Paul urges the believers in Ephesians 4 to walk worthy of their calling. Today I thought I would write the description from this chapter to remind myself what the worthy walk looks like.
Bearing with one another in love
Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace
Speaking the truth in love
Grow up in every way into Him
Not walk like the Gentiles
Not greedy to practice every kind of impurity
Put off your old self
Be renewed in the spirit of your mind
Put on the new self
Put on righteousness
Put on holiness
Put away falsehood
Speak the truth with your neighbor
Be angry and do not sin
Don’t let the sun go down on your anger
Don’t give the devil opportunity
Work with your hands
Share with people who have need
Let no corrupting word leave your mouth
Build people up with your words
Give grace to those who hear your words
Put away bitterness
Put away wrath
Put away anger
Put away clamor
Put away slander
Put away malice
Forgiving as you have been forgiven.
Wonderful! By God’s grace it can be lived!
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
that He would grant you,
according to the riches of His glory,
to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
and that you,
being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints
what is the breadth
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge,
that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do
far more abundantly
beyond all that we ask
according to the power that works within us,
to Him be the glory in the church
and in Christ Jesus
to all generations forever and ever.
What a huge prayer! This is my prayer and meditation today.
This is a prayer God will grant. It is according to the riches of His glory.
I love all of Ephesians 2. How can I post one thought? Read the whole chapter.
I have two large thoughts today.
Who we were/are.
Dead in sin.
Walked with the world.
Lived in lust.
Indulged the desires of the flesh.
Children of wrath.
Separate from Christ
Excluded from Israel.
Strangers to promise.
Saved by grace.
Created for good works.
Brought near by the blood of Christ.
Access in the Spirit to the Father.
No longer strangers and aliens.
Fellows citizens with the saints
Of God’s household.
Growing into a holy temple in the Lord.
Being build into a dwelling of God.
Who He is/ What He did
Rich in mercy.
Great in love.
Loved us when we were dead.
Made us alive.
Raised us up.
Seated us in heavenly places in Christ.
His grace in kindness toward us will be seen through the ages to come.
Saved us by grace.
Reconciled us to Himself.
Building His house into a dwelling of God.
Christ is the cornerstone.
Wow! Our salvation is great! Let’s not live the small little selfish lives from which we were saved. Let’s live according to our high calling! Live for His glory. Live like His bride should live. Maranatha!
For this reason I too,
having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you
and your love for all the saints,
do not cease giving thanks for you,
while making mention of you in my prayers;
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of glory,
may give to you a spirit of wisdom
and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened,
so that you will know what is
the hope of His calling,
what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
which He brought about in Christ,
when He raised Him from the dead
and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
far above all rule
and every name that is named,
not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And He put all things in subjection under His feet,
and gave Him as head over all things to the church,
which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
This is a wonderful prayer today. It’s packed full!
These words especially thrill my soul.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know…
what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
Not… His power toward us who believe.
Not…the greatness of His power toward us who believe.
But… the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.
The power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him in heaven.
The power that subjected all things to Him.
THAT power is at work among the believers today.
Thank you, Lord!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!